Latest News Articles by Mark Bridge


Auctions in France: a flourish of first shoots for the autumn season

04 September 2017

The auction season is only just getting into gear in September but as this is a hectic time of year for fairs and dealers, most auction houses are keen to capitalise on the potential footfall to the Grand Palais and the Left Bank dealers’ trails.


American presentation blades mark contrasting careers

07 August 2017

Two American presentation swords, marking high points in two very different military careers, made their mark in recent sales.


Cased pistols – defending the honour of the market

07 August 2017

Cased pairs of pistols remain a particular favourite with collectors, being relatively compact and often in excellent condition after centuries cocooned in their brass-bound mahogany boxes.


Sporting guns catch the imagination of bidders

07 August 2017

Sporting guns are a little different from other areas of the arms and armour market in that many that are well over 100 years old are still in use today.


Pennsylvania's Morphy Auctions appoint firearms expert

07 August 2017

Russ Withem has joined Morphy Auctions as a firearms expert in the company’s firearms and militaria division.


Zettler glass added to Del Mar’s specialist armory

07 August 2017

Thomas Del Mar (24% buyer’s premium) sold the first instalment of de-accessioned arms and armour from the John Woodman Higgins Museum in Massachusetts back in 2013 and a second in 2014.


The longarm of the war – a rare £5700 Baker

07 August 2017

The pick of a good selection of military muskets and rifles in Anthony Cribb’s (20% buyer’s premium) sale in Abingdon on June 27 was a relatively rare example of the Baker rifle issued to British rifle regiments from the beginning of the 19th century until the 1830s.


The silent but deadly selection

28 January 2017

Crossbows and air rifles offered in UK and German auctions show the technical progression

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Keeping your powder dry – a matter of life and death

08 August 2014

In the days when muzzle-loaders were the only choice for shooters, the one essential accessory was a flask for the powder. Many a battle or huntsman’s quarry has been lost through poorly kept powder.

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Arts Scholars Company gains Letters Patent for full Livery status

14 July 2014

The Company of Arts Scholars has been officially recognised as the 110th Livery Company of the City of London with the presentation of the Letters Patent by the Lord Mayor at the Mansion House.

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Golden Age walnut and the Rainhill Trials under the microscope in Oxford sale

02 April 2014

Eighty lots from a local estate ensured a flying start to Mallams’ recent sale in Oxford and provided an insight into the taste and interests of a collector buying 60 years ago.

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Oxford conference returns in September

10 March 2014

Following the success of last year’s Oxford conference for art and antiques professionals, Jeremy Lamond of Halls and Rupert Toovey of Toovey’s have announced the 2014 event will be held on Friday and Saturday, September 12-13.

Response to NAVA courses indicates demand for knowledge

10 March 2014

In 2013 NAVA ran its first course for Valuers & Auctioneers of Chattels and its fourth competition for Young Auctioneer of the Year.

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Arts Scholars achieve full Livery Company status

17 February 2014

On February 11 the Court of Aldermen formally admitted the Worshipful Company of Arts Scholars as the 110th Livery Company of the City of London.

Somers dons the Master’s robes

28 May 2013

Nicholas Somers has been installed as Master of the Company of Arts Scholars for 2013/14.


Guns with a right royal heritage

11 October 2012

Fine and unusual English guns made for Indian princes formed the most lucrative sub-section of Holt’s latest London sale.